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New York State lawmakers are expanding the medical marijuana program to allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients.

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Buffalo firefighters were called to a house fire at 275 Woodlawn overnight.

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An overnight shooting has Buffalo Police on the scene.

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Musician Medics is a music therapy effort founded 3-years ago by the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

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Police have released the name of the person killed in Jamestown on Thanksgiving morning.

Police have confirmed that the deadly shooting at an Albany gay bar on Thanksgiving Day was not a hate crime.

Cuban exiles now living in Miami are cheering news of the death of Fidel Castro at the age of 90. But a University at Buffalo professor who spent significant time in Cuba doing research says there is likely a much different reaction to Castro's death inside Cuba. Dr. Henry Louis Taylor released a book in 2009 that explored Cuban neighborhoods. Taylor says Castro was held in high regard.

The bodies of a woman and her daughter were found shot to death in a southwest Rochester home this morning.

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

Santa will be there. More than one million lights will be twinkling. Intricate ice sculptures will be carved.

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In the midst of applying for colleges a City Honors High School student is juggling a busy ballet schedule.  WBFO's senior reporter says the student has been rehearsing for a role in Neglia Ballet's  Nutcracker premiering Saturday night at Shea's Performing Arts Center with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Douglas Hahn was diagnosed with depression when he was 9 years old.

While their path to the playoffs appears difficult, analyst Matt Sabuda points out the Buffalo Bills have the easiest schedule among the teams considered to be post-season contenders. On WBFO's Beyond the Playbook, Sabuda outlines how Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars fits into the Bills plans for this season and beyond.

Michael Keene is author of the book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America. He describes how this sprawling transportation system changed the world, not just by transporting goods and people, but also ideas.

This week Peter and Anthony discuss a recent social media flap over HAMILTON, the uses of theater as a political weapon, the opening of BUFFALO PINOCCHIO set in a dystopian Buffalo of the future at the New Phoenix Theatre, two runs of the ballet THE NUTCRACKER, this weekend at Shea's Performing Arts Center (Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.) and next weekend at UB Center for the Arts, and, for Shakespeare fans (sort of) A MIDSUMMER DYKE'S CHRISTMAS (in celebration of the 400 years since Shakespeare and the 10th anniversary of the lesbian troupe Brazen-Faced Varlets) has all sorts of funny references.

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A federal court is blocking implementation of a regulation that would make an estimated four million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay. The order comes after 21 states sued to block the rule before it takes effect December 1st.

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They sported hand-crocheted bison hats and wore blazoning yellow T-shirts that succinctly explained their reason for attending the Turkey Trot.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara

In spite of Thursday’s forecast for cold temperatures, wind and rain, 14,000 runners and walkers are expected to hit the streets of Buffalo for the annual YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot.

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For various reasons, from space and existing infrastructure to aesthetics to economic development opportunities, Congressman Brian Higgins is again stating that Buffalo's best choice for a future Amtrak station is the site of its former rail station, the Central Terminal.

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Thanksgiving dinner is one of the biggest meals people cook each year. With it come challenges in preparing the food.

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If you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, you’ll have plenty of company. This year will mark the eighth consecutive year travel volume is expected to increase.

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Students at the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center in Buffalo participated in an anti-bullying event Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was part of the completion of a program called "Dignified Dissenters."

On a Thanksgiving week edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about two big wins over Pittsburgh and Calgary, the strong play of goaltender Anders Nilsson and defenseman Taylor Fedun, and why Rasmus Ristolainen's stick has become an issue.

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Thanksgiving is a time for many of us to take a break and be grateful for the good things we have. But for those on the streets without the basics of life, the holiday can be especially difficult. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman paid a visit to a homeless shelter in Buffalo that has given new hope and a new start to those most in need.

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The New York State Office of Mental Health and Governor Andrew Cuomo are again pursuing a plan to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center and move patients into the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Once again, state legislators representing Buffalo-area districts vow to unite and fight the plan.

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Stories of hate crimes have been gathering more attention in the days since the Presidential election. The development is drawing a strong response from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "We have to stand tall. We have to speak out," Gillibrand said during a Tuesday appearance in Buffalo.

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For years he was a favorite at Buffalo Bisons games, shagging foul balls on the sidelines, but always on the frontline of local baseball personalities. Donald Palmer, known as "The Butcher," has died at the age of 49 in his Riverside home.

Buffalo Billion indictments issued

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A former top adviser for Governor Andrew Cuomo, three executives from LPCiminelli and three other people have been indicted in their federal corruption case.

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The City of Buffalo’s flag is now flying atop the old federal court house in Niagara Square, and the sign outside has been changed. It now welcomes visitors to the city’s new public safety building, home to police and fire headquarters – all at the price of a dollar.

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There has been another racist incident on a local college campus. Two Daemen College students were placed on suspension after a male student wore a costume that resembled a KKK outfit inside Canavan Hall Monday night. A second student, who helped dress him, was also suspended. 

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The first phase of a restoration project beneath the towers of the Richardson Olmsted complex in Buffalo is underway. A $10 million dollar campaign to help fund that project has quickly found itself 50 percent closer to the goal, thanks to a gift by a recently deceased advocate for preserving many of Buffalo's architectural assets.